Too Out There?
East, West, around the world, wherever you go, that's where you'll be... A wanderer, Avant Strangel (a member of A.S.C.A.P. and blackrockcoaltion.org) learned to try and find beauty in something wherever he went. A philosophy he applied to music regardless whether it was alternative, funk, rock or any other genre (or color). That foresight and attitude along with his CD is bringing critical acclaim. Avant's philosophy also gained the attention of Virgin/Elektra Artist CSB who extended the opportunity for Avant to go on the road as a hired gun playing lead guitar for a rock band. An opportunity that will take Avant from Boston and obscurity to a journey on the road opening for artists Ben Harper, Tracy Chapman and Dar Williams in such places as Europe, Australia and Japan. Avant Strangel's music is also garnering the attention of a several Major labels as well. 'Too Out There' is a CD that is very much like his musical experiences, going from one extreme to another, his special brew of groove infused meta-rock is heart felt. With haunting melodies, descriptive lyrics and aural landscapes painted in 'Nana' as well as burning tones some clever reworking crafted on George Harrison's 'My Guitar Gently Weeps'. He simply can't be categorized. With a style as striking and unexpectedly diverse as he blends and emotionally bleeds one style into the other crossing musical boundaries to create something you can't quite put your finger on. 'Too out there' showcases Avant's ability to be both strong and vulnerable to reach a wider audience. The album's engaging songs and lyrics firmly establish him as a capable and unorthodox songwriter on the music scene. In the vein of Seal and Beatles, 'Nana' and 'My Guitar Gently Weeps' pop alternative flair is receiving tremendous response on net radio, press and fans alike. April 2003, marks the beginning of Avant's tour with CSB opening for Ben Harper, Tracy Chapman and Dar Williams as well as promoting his anticipated CD 'Too Out there?' Whether a remarkably emotionally honest perspective as in 'Nana' or rock crunch in the danceable 'I came' it is evident Avant Strangel's highly developed song crafting and originality will be something to keep an eye out for.